Vale net big win over Shrimps

Louis Dodds and Justin Richards claimed hat-tricks as Port Vale beat Morecambe 7-2 although they still failed to make the play-offs.

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Dodds: Hat-trick hero

Dodds: Hat-trick hero

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Vale rattled in four before the break, including a brace for the previously out of touch Justin Richards.

Dodds opened the floodgates with a 16-yard shot in the 17th minute before Marc Richards registered his 20th of the campaign with a lob over Barry Roche four minutes later.

Phil Jevons buried a 20-yard shot to pull one back in the 32nd minute, but hopes of a comeback were extinguished when Justin Richards raced clear to round Roche in the 41st minute and then fired in a rising shot in stoppage time.

Vale continued to attack at will in the second-half and some comical defending led to Dodds rattling in his second in the 58th minute.

And it became embarrassing for Morecambe when Dodds curled in a terrific left-foot shot to complete his hat-trick after picking up a short corner from Morsy in the 70th minute.

Morecambe substitute James Spencer poked in a consolation strike from close range 12 minutes from time, but Justin Richards side-footed his third in added time.

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